Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
PhD DePaul University
MA Virginia Polytechnic and State University,
MA Coursework in Philosophy: St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University
BA George Mason University
Lake Forest College: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 2012-Present School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Instructor, 2005-2012 DePaul University: Instructor, 2004-2009 DePaul University: Teaching Fellow, 2002-2003
Areas of Specialization
Africana Philosophy Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Nietzsche Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Philosophy
Additional Areas of Interest
Philosophy of Religion; Black Aesthetics; Philosophy of Race and Racism; Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Philosophy and Psychoanalysis; History and Philosophy of Slavery
PHIL 117: Political Philosophy PHIL 203: Business and Professional Ethics PHIL 258: Spike Lee and Black Aesthetics PHIL 295: Tutorial: Hegel to Nietzsche
FIYS 104: Africana Philosophy PHIL 117: Political Philosophy PHIL 203: Business and Professional Ethics PHIL 271: African American Philosophy PHIL 292: Hegel to Nietzsche PHIL 320: Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Deconstruction PHIL 393: R. Project: Exploring Africana Existential Philosophy PHIL 493: R. Project: Global White Supremacy PHIL 410: Senior Seminar: Nietzsche
(N.B. Items marked as “forthcoming” have been submitted to the press/journal or are in penultimate draft form, while those marked as “in preparation” have been recently commissioned or are still in preliminary form).
Nietzsche and Classical Greek Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield), [in prepration and under contract].
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk and Other Writings [Editor-Introduction, Notes, and Critical Apparatus], (Petersborough, Ontario: Broadview Press), [in preparation and under contract].
“Socrates as Nietzsche’s Decadent in Twilight of the Idols,” Philosophy and Literature 34.2 (October 2010), 340-47.
“The Duty of Reason: Kantian Ethics in High Noon,” in B. Steve Csaki and Jennifer L. McMahon (eds.), Philosophy of the Western (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2010), pp. 171-83.
Contributions to Reference Works
“The Eternal Recurrence,” in The Meillassoux Dictionary eds. Paul Ennis and Peter Gratton, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014 [forthcoming].
Mark Anderson, Plato and Nietzsche: Their Philosophical Art [Bloomsbury Academic, 2014], Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy [in preparation].
Stephanie J. Shaw, W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk [The University of North Carolina Press, 2013], Critical Philosophy of Race [in preparation].
Bernard Williams, Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline [Princeton University Press, 2008], The Philosopher’s Magazine 41 (2nd Quarter 2008), pp. 113-14.
Robin Small, Nietzsche and Rée: A Star Friendship [Oxford University Press, 2005], Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (October 2006), pp. 672-73.
“The Pre-Platonic Philosophers,” The Classical Review 54.2 (September, 2004), pp. 289-90 (reviewing Anthony Preus (ed.), Before Plato: Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy VI [SUNY Press, 2001]).
Richard Schacht (ed.), Nietzsche’s Postmoralism: Essays on Nietzsche’s Prelude to Philosophy’s Future [Cambridge University Press, 2001], Journal of Nietzsche Studies 25 (Spring 2003), pp. 93-95.
“Thick as Thieves: Nietzsche’s Debt to Aristotle.” The Harper College Speaker Series, Palatine, IL, Fall 2013.
“In Defense of Nietzsche’s Compatibilism.” Comment on Charles Huenemann’s “Valuing from Life’s Perspective.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2008.
“Heidegger’s Nietzsche on Plato and Platonism.” 64th Annual Iowa Philosophical Society Conference, Department of Philosophy, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2007.
“Elenchus and Dialectic in Plato’s Symposium.” Comment on Alessandra Fussi’s “Replacing the Old with the New: Diotima’s Response to Aristophanes.” Seventh Annual Independent Meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Boston, MA, April 2007 (comments delivered in absentia).
“Scheler and the Problem of Complementarity.” Comment on Daniel Dahlstrom’s “Scheler on the Essence of Christian Religious Consciousness.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006.
“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Colloquium Paper, Chicago, IL, April 2006
“Fanon, Phenomenology, and the Quest for Liberation.” Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Conference Theme for 2006 Meeting: “Democracy and Diversity.” Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 2006.
“Kierkegaard’s Socrates as Seducer to Self-Realization.” Comment on Patricia Huntington’s “The Paradox of Loneliness and Innocence: A Reflection on the Paradox of Self-Realization.” 11th Annual Lewis University Philosophy Conference on “Faith, Reason, and Paradox: Kierkegaard and Religion.” Department of Philosophy, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, February 2006.
“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, December 2003.
“Nietzsche’s Décadent: A Reading of ‘The Problem of Socrates’ in Twilight of the Idols.” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference on “Philosophy and the Classical Tradition.” Department of Philosophy, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, April 2003.
“Affirming The Idea of Eternal Recurrence: A Reply to Brazier.” Comment on W.F. Brazier’s “The Eternal Return and the Relevance of Time: A Question of Matter, Energy and Weight.” Virginia Philosophical Association Conference, Department of Philosophy, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, October 2001.
“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The Department of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, April 2001
“A Critique of the Secondary Literature on Nietzsche’s View of Socrates.” The Ockham Society, Oxford University, UK, July 2000.
2012-2014: Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
2011-2012: Associate Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
2012: Chair and Organizer, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy Session on “Africana Philosophy: Pedagogical Perspectives on the Black Experience,” APA Central Division Meeting
2009: Chair, Colloquium on “Metaethics,” APA Central Division
2007-2010: APA Committee on Black Philosophers
2014-Present: General Education Task Force
2014-Present: Coordinator for Philosophy Department Speaker Series
2013-Present: Faculty Advisor, Philosophy Club
2012-Present: African American Studies Program Committee
Teaching Philosophy: 2013 (2x); Film and Philosophy: 2012 (1x)
2010-2012: Book Review Editor, Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, 2010-2012
2003-2007: Assistant Book Review Editor, Philosophia Africana (Emmanuel Eze [DePaul University], Editor), 2003-2007
American Philosophical Association
Fellowships and Awards
2007: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2006: The Michael Mezey Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006
2004: John T. Richardson Foreign Study Fellowship (Berlin, Germany)
2004 D.A.A.D. (German Academic Exchange Service) [Declined]
2002-2003: DePaul University Teaching Fellowship